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What to Wear After a C-Section

The road to new motherhood can be exhausting. After months of growing and finally delivering a baby, every new mom should indulge in a little self-care—especially those brave C-section moms who’ve gone through major surgery.

While you’re focused on caring for your newborn, it’s important to also take care of yourself. Treat yourself to a cozy blanket or your favorite meal—whatever will make you feel relaxed and rewarded—and don’t forget to get comfortable postpartum clothes to make your recovery process easier.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to avoid bottoms with buttons, snaps, and zippers as they may irritate your C-section incision. Instead, focus your postpartum wardrobe search on pieces that are light and breathable; look for super-soft clothes that will provide the comfort you crave while you heal.

Getting the right clothes for after a C-section is also key for breastfeeding since some nursing clothes may be too tight around your incision site. Find clothes that are comfortable and convenient so nursing and pumping are as easy as possible while you’re recovering.

Below are some tips on what to wear after a cesarean delivery. We hope these ideas help you find comfort during the early days with your new love.

What to Wear During the Day

Flowing Dresses

The waistbands in certain pants and shorts can irritate the incision site for some moms, while others may want an alternative to the “mom uniform” of loose nursing tops and pants. Comfy dresses are the perfect solution. (Plus, a nursing dress makes a great going-home outfit, so be sure to pack one in your hospital bag for when you can change out of that hospital gown.)

Great for dressing up or down, a dress with a relaxed fit (like an airy maxi dress) will be a versatile staple for your C-section recovery wardrobe. Choose one with breathable material that stretches so you can easily pull the dress down for nursing without aggravating your C-section scar. A breezy dress is sure to help you feel comfortable and stylish—ideal for those days when you don’t feel like sporting the athleisure look.

BraveMom Tip: Look for a comfortable nightgown that can double as a cute nursing dress!

Leggings and Loose Pants

Depending on how your incision heals, post C-section, you may love a comfortable pair of postpartum or maternity leggings (with or without a compression panel). Look for high waisted leggings or yoga pants that rise above your incision and provide coverage while nursing. High rise leggings pair well with most nursing tank tops and nursing T-shirts, and you’ll wear them long after you’ve recovered.

If you want a looser fit, joggers or culottes can be the perfect alternative. They’re a great transitional piece between seasons and can work with a variety of shoes, from slippers to sneakers. You can even dress them up with cute sandals. Look for a pair with a wide, stretchy, high-rise waistband at the top for optimal comfort.

Another great option—especially for creating cute, trendy outfits during your recovery—is the jumpsuit (especially a nursing jumpsuit), which is ideal for breastfeeding after a C-section. Available in a variety of cuts and lengths, jumpsuits can cater to many types of weather and occasions. Because they often don’t have a fitted waist, they’re a great choice for your belly-birth recovery.

BraveMom Tip: Loose-fitting jumpsuits that crisscross or pull down in the front will make nursing a cinch!

What to Wear at Night

Super-Soft Sleepwear

Comfortable sleepwear should be a priority for every new mom. Super-soft PJs are essential nursing clothes after C-section surgery. Although nursing pajamas are usually considered night-time apparel, new moms often wear them around the clock, especially in the fourth trimester. Look for a fabric that makes you feel cozy, a design that allows easy access for nursing, and a style that helps you feel beautiful instead of frumpy.

Click the photo to check out the lovely Lucille Nursing Nightgown.

If you’re not comfortable wearing nightgowns, go for pajama bottoms with a wide, soft waistband that won’t bother your incision.

Click the photo to check out the buttery-soft Jane Pajamas.

BraveMom Tip: Look for pajama tops that are cute enough to pair with your favorite skirt or leggings!

What to Wear Underneath Your Clothing

Full-Coverage Underwear

Many new moms know they may need to buy some nursing bras, but some forget about recovery undies! Whether you have a vaginal delivery or a C-section, you should treat yourself to new underwear. As the uterus sheds its lining, you can experience vaginal bleeding for weeks. While hospital mesh panties are functional (and we do sing their praises for a few days), they’re not really fashionable or practical for long-term use.

Go for stretchy, high waisted underwear with a wide band across the top. You’ll want something that sits above your incision and won’t slip down as you move. Look for full coverage panties roomy enough to accommodate large postpartum pads the hospital will provide (or that you make on your own!).

BraveMom Tip: Make sure your new underwear is breathable and comfortable, and keep in mind that these postpartum panties may end up with stains from postpartum spotting or leaking, so pick dark colors if possible and pretreat stains if necessary.

Belly Band

Who knew that you’d be able to use one of your favorite maternity products for your postpartum recovery too? Many C-section moms report feeling extra “jiggly” after delivery and say that wearing a belly band really helps. This simple wrap, worn around your torso and secured by Velcro, provides additional support for your body as it heals. Belly bands are also recommended for postpartum moms who have back pain or need additional abdominal reinforcement.

Abdominal Binder

This structured, corset-like wrap promotes quick healing by keeping stitches securely in place and providing much-needed abdominal support. These features make it easier for you to move around during your recovery. Some hospitals will give abdominal binders to postpartum moms, but if that’s not the case, you can buy one online.

The best advice for both types of wraps (and everything you wear postpartum) is to listen to your body. If something is uncomfortable or causing you pain, you may need to wait a bit longer to try wearing it. 

BraveMom Tip: Some postpartum doulas recommend Ace Bandages for wrapping postpartum bellies! 

Other C-Section Recovery Necessities


C-section mamas highly recommend keeping a pillow handy to hold close to your belly when you sneeze, cough, and laugh (especially on the ride home from the hospital).

Nursing pillows like My Brest Friend are great for belly-birth moms who nurse since they help lift your baby away from your incision. Carefully positioned regular pillows work well too!

Heating Pad

To help relieve discomfort and reduce swelling at the incision site, try heat therapy. You can purchase a microwaveable heating pad for easy warming. The use of heat, along with other pain management options, can make your delivery recovery much more comfortable.


Last, but definitely not least, is advice for all postpartum moms: follow the instructions your doctor and health care providers give you. If you’re given pain relievers and stool softeners, take them as directed. We’ve all tried to outlast physical pain at some point, but the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to listen to what your body is saying.

While motherhood can often feel like it’s full of “grin and bear it” moments, the aches and pains of recovery shouldn’t be ignored. Take heed of any physical limitations your doctor recommends (like not lifting anything heavier than your baby, often for 4-6 weeks after delivery), and remember your medical team is your best resource while you recover. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor with questions and concerns.

A Final Word of Encouragement

Recovering from a C-section can take time. Although you may be eager to return to a formerly active lifestyle, remember that it’s both normal and expected for the C-section healing process to take a while. Be patient. You have a lot on your plate, and you need to allow your body to heal.

To be the best parent possible to your new baby, make sure you’re tending to yourself: get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and relish the hour-long snuggle sessions with your newborn.

While some people bounce back quickly after having a cesarean, others take longer to feel like their pre-pregnancy selves. Delivery is a unique experience for everyone, so try to resist the urge to compare yourself to other new moms. What you’ve just experienced is no small feat, so allow yourself the time you need to heal. Do the best you can, and know that you’re doing an amazing job!

This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please reach out to your health care team with any questions.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Healing from a C-Section


Patricia Davis, MS

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After having a baby by C-section, it’s normal to experience pain, soreness, and even bleeding. After all, you’ve just had major abdominal surgery and your body needs time to recover. It also means you’ll need to be more aware of what you can and can’t do as your body heals. Here are tips for how to care for your C-section incision and what activities will encourage healing.

The biggest change (other than having a new baby) is changing your physical activity until you’ve healed. These guidelines for what to expect afterward will help your body heal as quickly as possible.


  • Take time to sit and bond with your baby.
  • Rest when you’re tired.

  • Walk every day. Walking helps prevent blood clots and constipation.
  • Hold a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or laugh.
  • Shower normally.
  • Reach out to a lactation consultant if you have trouble breastfeeding.


  • Lift anything heavier than your baby.
  • Use tampons or douche until you have your doctor’s permission.
  • Take baths until your incision is healed and your postpartum bleeding has stopped.
  • Participate in rigorous activity or do core muscle exercises until your doctor clears you for activity.
  • Have sex until your doctor says you can.
  • Be afraid to ask for help. That might mean asking friends and family to watch the baby while you nap, or having them do laundry.

  • Take the stairs repeatedly.
  • Soak in public pools or hot tubs.

Taking care of your body after surgery means getting the right nutrition.


  • Drink enough water and other fluids.
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.
  • Take a fiber supplement daily. This can help avoid constipation


  • Crash diet. Ask your doctor when you can start trying to lose the baby weight.

After delivering your baby by C-section, your doctor will tell you how to care for your incision. This care should include:


  • Keeping the area dry and clean.
  • Use warm, soapy water to wash your incision daily (usually when you shower). Pat the area dry after cleaning.
  • If your doctor used tape strips on your incision, let them fall off on their own. This usually takes about a week.


  • Use cleansing products that can make your wound heal slowly.

How do you know if your symptoms after a C-section are normal? Call your doctor if you experience:

  • Depression, sadness, hopelessness, or you are having troubling thoughts.
  • Signs of an infection including pain, pus, swelling, redness, swollen lymph nodes, or a fever.
  • A fever of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Discharge from the vagina that smells bad.
  • Severe pain in your belly.
  • Bright red vaginal bleeding that soaks through more than one pad every 2 hours (or less).
  • Vaginal bleeding that gets worse or is still bright red more than 4 days after you’ve had your baby.
  • Signs of a blood clot, including pain in your thigh, groin, back of knee, or calf.
  • Your incision comes open.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Vaginal clotting larger than a golf ball.
  • Trouble passing urine or stool.

Taking care of yourself after having a C-section is just as important as taking care of your newborn. Allow yourself to take it easy. Rest whenever possible, and call your doctor if you have concerns about your health.

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We continue to travel along the BAM.

Now let’s look at the locomotive depot in Severobaikalsk (TChE-12). Well, let’s cool down a bit with winter photos, if you’re already hot 🙂

1. We’ll start the tour with the training class for locomotive crews.

2. Ermak simulator.

3. I used to be able to sit in trainsim for hours and drive different routes. This simulator allows you to simulate different environmental conditions, driving modes, failures and other tricky things that can happen on the line.

4. Good old contactors and pneumatics. Searching for a malfunction in such a circuit is much clearer than in a bunch of electronic components. But that’s all in the past.

5. A modern textbook on an electric locomotive. Virtually it can be disassembled to a screw.

6. And now to the workshops. Nice looking variety.

7. 2TE10M-3129.

8. Section A. Section B was decommissioned at the Ulan-Ude depot under number 2870A.

9. Traction motor.

10. Diesel railcar assembly ADM-1.3 No. 1150. Behind it is a loading and transport motor locomotive MPT-4 198.

11. VL65-041.

12. TEM2U-8019.

13. General view of the shop.

14. Booster section from Yermak.

15. Wheel sets.

16. Loading and transport locomotive MPT-198.

17. 3ES5K-265. What a dissonant name…

18. Steam locomotive monument Hv-8106. From wikimapia: “Because. there were no steam locomotives of the H series left, then a mock-up was created. Moreover, it is so inaccurate that even the axial formula is 1-2-0, and not 1-3-0 as it should be.

19. MPT-4 291.

20. EP1 is an AC passenger electric locomotive that has been mass-produced by NEVZ since 1999.

21. EP1-038, some VL65 passenger and EP1P-072.

22. Way from the station to the depot.

23. Handsome. EP1-038, EP1P-072 and 2ES5K-016.

24. 3ES5K-273 arrives after the work shift.

25. VL65-036, 3ES5K-266 and 3ES5K-273.

26. Time to go back to the station.

27. Sunset is about to turn on, and night shooting is also planned.

28. Car depot.

29. TEM2-506.

30. Railway, mountains… beauty.

31. See the beautiful views of the Severobaikalsk station in the next post.

Many thanks to all employees of the East Siberian Railway and its press service for organizing the shooting!

Tutorial: Electromagnetic Coil Modeling in COMSOL®

Have you been looking for a quick way to get to grips with the aspects of electromagnetic coil modeling yourself using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and AC/DC module tools? We have prepared a video course in which you will get acquainted with the simulation of electromagnetic coils. Its purpose is to demonstrate the key aspects of building such models. Let’s briefly discuss what to expect in these videos and how to get the most out of the course!

An Introduction to Modeling Electromagnetic Coils

The simplest electromagnetic coil is a single turn of conductive wire, as you will see in almost any basic material on this topic. It is often a reasonable engineering simplification to assume that the coil can be viewed as a closed loop, meaning that it is axisymmetric or invariant about the center line.

A simple single turn coil can be modeled using a 2D axisymmetric setting.

It is with this assumption that our training course begins. In the first five video lessons, we will work in a two-dimensional axisymmetric space.

Video Tutorials 1–5

In the first five parts of the course, we cover the basic settings for modeling coils. We will start by building a model of a single-turn coil in DC conditions step by step. The air area is limited by the so-called. endless elements. As an excitation, consider a current of 1 ampere passing through the coil, and model it in a two-dimensional axisymmetric plane. We will also provide some additional information on why and how we can use the 2D axisymmetric assumption.

After the calculation, we will also evaluate the inductance and resistance of the coil. We then move on to modeling the operation of a coil in the frequency domain. We will assume that the change in the excitation current is sinusoidal and occurs at a known frequency.

After constructing and reviewing the coil model for DC and AC (DC and AC modes) we will discuss the potential problems that you should be aware of when creating models of this type.

After that we will continue to expand the coil model, incl. consider its connection to the electrical circuit. We will also introduce a magnetic core and a secondary sensor coil that picks up some of the current flowing through the primary coil. We then show how to perform specialized post-processing and visualize the magnitude and direction of the current between the coils.

Next, we will start modeling coils containing several turns and various winding patterns. In addition, we will move on to modeling coils up to and around the first resonant frequency. In addition, we will consider the case of calculating flat coils. At the end of the first segment, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the Magnetic Fields physics interface and the various tools it contains that you can use to create your coil models.

By the end of this course segment, you will have mastered the basic techniques for modeling axisymmetric coils in 2D.

Coil Electromagnetic Heating

One common application of COMSOL Multiphysics with AC/DC and Heat Transfer modules is to simulate induction heating, a process in which a coil is used to heat a workpiece over time. In the next five video tutorials, we will cover this topic in detail.

Non-linear work piece for induction heating.

Video Tutorials 6-10

In Parts 6 to 10, we show a complete step-by-step guide to both setting up and solving problems related to simulating induction heating with an e/m coil. We start by setting up a 2D axisymmetric three-turn coil model in free space. We indicate that a current of 1 kiloampere flows through each of them. Then we add a blank made of titanium alloy to the center. The problem is considered in the frequency domain at a constant frequency of 10 kilohertz. After doing the calculation, we do some post-processing to look at the wastage in the workpiece.

It is after this that we expand our original e/m problem to the problem of electromagnetic heating. To find out how and to what extent electromagnetic losses lead to temperature rise, we add a second physics, heat transfer. We’ll show you how you can change the properties of a material and move from using scalar constant values ​​to defining a function of the model’s input (in this case, temperature). We will then continue to expand the model by showing how to calculate the heating profile of a workpiece over time, as well as solve problems with excitation at multiple frequencies.

At this point, we will delve into the discussion of the various settings regarding the solvers. We will also consider issues of thermal analysis that have not been considered previously, and include convection and radiation in the thermal part of the model. We will also demonstrate how to simulate the heating of a moving workpiece.

After mastering this section of the course, you will have the skills to calculate electromagnetic heating problems using coils.

Simulation of magnetic forces, motion, non-linear effects, etc.

The next five parts are devoted to another kind of multiphysics analysis: the relationship of electromagnetic forces to the deformations and motion of components, for example, in solenoids.

Electromagnetic drive movements over time.

Video Tutorials 11-15

In parts 11 to 15, we will create and work with several different coil model geometries to perform different types of analysis. This distinguishes this segment from the previous parts, where we usually worked with a single geometry and model setting, but made small changes to it in order to gradually complicate and expand the analysis.

We will start by demonstrating how to model electromagnetic forces and do it accurately using the Force Calculation tool, followed by the Global Evaluation operation in post-processing to determine the total force observed on the coils in the model. An additional study on grid convergence using grid adaptation will allow us to assess the accuracy of calculating the magnitude of the force. By creating a graph that displays the values ​​of the force values ​​depending on the level of mesh refinement, we can evaluate the convergence of the calculated variables to a certain value.

We then move on to modeling a magnet that moves and induces currents inside the coil. The magnet is defined using a special material model in the Ampere’s Law node, while movement is defined using several tools in the Moving Mesh group. When solving this setup, we will run into some solver setup problems as a result of a mismatch between the original source term and the initial values ​​in the model. As part of the course, we will show in detail how to resolve these difficulties.

Next, we will move on to modeling the reverse version of the previous problem — an electromagnetic drive. This time we will apply a time-varying current to the inductor to cause movement in a nearby component. In addition, we will demonstrate how to model an inductor with a non-linear core material. In doing so, we will again touch on aspects discussed earlier with previous models, such as solution accuracy and convergence. We will also show you how to visualize the period-averaged core loss by integrating our coil current equation by entering another equation through interface Global Evaluation and performing global calculations using the at operator.

Our third section will end with another model in which we take a coil and optimize that coil so that the magnetic induction is as uniform as possible along the central axis. We demonstrate the definition of the objective function and its improvement by changing the current through the turns and the position of the coil turns themselves.

Introduction to this segment of the course will allow you to get in the field of modeling and calculation of magnetic forces, motion and accounting for non-linearities for most coil models.

Coil Modeling in 3D

The last five parts of the Coil Modeling course are devoted to 3D topics. Most coil modeling concepts can only be explored in a 2D axisymmetric setting, however there are some specific aspects that need to be explored in 3D.

3D model of the coil with visualization of current density and magnetic field in the environment.

Video lessons 16–20

In parts 16 to 20 we will create our first 3D model of the coil and first we will look at working in statics, i.e. in constant current mode. When constructing the geometry of our coil in 3D, we use an object of the spiral type, and implement the straight ends using the Extrude operation. In addition, we will show you a few different approaches you can take to ensure that the coil geometry is a single area. This can be done using operations Delete Entities , Union or Form Composite Domains , however this is optional and ultimately a matter of user preference. Adding the Coil node to our model, unlike our previous 2D axisymmetric models, requires setting up the Geometry Analysis subnode, in which we need to specify «input» and «output», i.e. current flow path.

After running the calculation, we will get an error message, and then we will explain why this is happening and how to deal with it. We will add a new research step, Coil Geometry Analysis to first calculate the direction of the current through the conductive material. After successfully solving the model using the Magnetic Fields interface, we will then solve the same problem using the Magnetic and Electric Fields interface.

After reviewing these coil models with coil drawing, we will then move on to demonstrate specialized functionality for modeling different types of coils. We will discuss and show how, instead of explicitly modeling the turns for a multiturn coil, we can model a homogenized structure with approximately equivalent geometry through the Homogenized Multiturn option of node Coil . Other types of spools under consideration will include thin, ribbon-like spools; densely packed coils without a gap between the turns; and coils with coils of thin wire. We will discuss the use of the so-called. a CAD blank library that is available in the software and contains several different types of built-in and parameterized spools available for you to add and use.

We will also introduce the domain of infinite elements in our coil model and discuss in detail the use of this tool and what it is physically like. After that, we will move from static DC mode and bring our 3D coil model into the frequency domain.

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